Baghdadad – the capital of Iraq and one of the oldest cities in the world. It is full of monuments of history and archaeology, like an oriental beauty – treasures. And its narrow streets have carried the memory of the citys former greatness since the Middle Ages.
The real treasures of the historic center of Baghdad are the Golden Mosque, the Palace of the Ababaids and the mausoleum of Zubaydah. Apart from these, the city is a must-see for such attractions, such as the 14th- and 15th-century Bounieh and Hamadani Mosques and the 16th-century Al-Jailani Church, with its grand archaeological structure and library, which contains many ancient manuscripts. In addition to the Moslem shrines, the Catholic shrines of St. Mary the Virgin Mary in Baghdad are also worth visiting. The Church of St. Mary and St. Thomas is a great place to visit. The Church of St. Mary and St. Thomas, the Syrian Church, and the Church of the Holy Trinity. The Church of St. Mary and the Church of the Worshipful Mother of God in Hallelujah. Other notable landmarks in Baghdad include the Minaret of Souk Al Ghazal, the 15th-century Khane Marjane Saravan and the Souk & ndash; the famous Oriental Market. The monuments of the Monument of the Monuments and the Triumphal Arc – «The Meads of Kadija» are modern monuments; The Saddam Husseins Cachet, built to commemorate the Iraqi-Iraqi War, is in the form of two crossed crows and is said to have been cast from a trophy gun. Also of interest are the Sadadam palaces scattered all over Baghdad: The Republican Palace, Dora-Farms, Al Sejoum, Al Sejoum, Al Salaam, Abu Hurayba, and the beautifully gilded Palace of Al Raiháb, in the westernmost part of the city. Currently, these structures, which are outstanding architectural monuments, can be entered and viewed from outside the grounds, but one can get a glimpse of them.
But the most iconic and remarkable monument to the history of Iraq lies a kilometer south of Baghdad, the ruins of the oldest city on the planet – Babylon, where the now lost wonders of the world – the Gardens of Sememis and the Tower of Babylon.
Baghdadad has achieved widespread notoriety for the museums, which before the war were numerous. Of these, the National Museum of Iraq stands out; it is the largest museum complex in the Middle East, consisting of twenty-two or so permanently exhibited units. However, in the course of the war most of them were destroyed, and the fate of the expeditionaries is unknown.
- Air quality: 91 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Religious
- Population: 8,100,000 people
- Population density: busy: 10x10m 100m per person
- GDP: $4,301 / year
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Internet: 3 Mbps
- Best wireless: Zain
- Tipping: Tipping in Iraq isn’t common or expected. Travel to Iraq isn’t safe at the moment and traveling to Iraq is highly not recommended.
- Apartment listings:
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best hospital: Medical City
- Best short-haul air carrier: Iraqi Airways
- Best intl air carrier: Iraqi Airways
- Monthly costs for expat: $800
- Monthly costs for family: $2200
- Monthly costs for local: $600
- Meal: $4
- Small Cola: $1.2
- Beer 1 Pint: $2.5
- Coffee: $1.6
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